Last year, there was a good deal of under-the-radar hubbub about V/H/S, a series of interconnected short “found footage” films written and directed by a group of indie directors. I watched it and in truth, it didn’t particularly appeal to me. Too little effort to create a cogent story, often-tedious narratives, gore and violence instead of pacing and tension, and a general air of misogyny to a couple of the pieces all added up to an unimpressive viewing experience.
So, of course, it gets a round two. Here, we have the trailer for S-VHS, featuring directorial and writing efforts by the likes of Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Edúardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Evans, and Jason Eisener. Thankfully, Ti West doesn’t show up this time around, but unfortunately Joe Swanberg — who had one of the better entries in the original — doesn’t either. That said, there’s some interesting talent milling about: Eisener directed the festival cult hit Hobo With A Shotgun, Eduardo Sanchez, director of The Blair Witch Project, returns from obscurity, and writer Gareth Evans has some truly great action pics — The Raid: Redemption and Merantau — under his belt.
The trailer is short, jumpily edited, deliberately static-filled and yet strangely effective — certainly more so than the trailer for the original. This time around, it involves a pair of private investigators looking for a missing student, who stumble upon a box of tapes similar to the ones from the first film.